DIY Mad Scientist Hand Puppet | Easy Pretend Play for Kids

A few weeks ago, I shared these adorable DIY mermaid and narwhal hand puppets. Now it’s time to get a little crazy with this DIY mad scientist hand puppet. Let your little creative concoct crazy schemes and bring their monsters to life with play!

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Who doesn’t feel a bit like a mad scientist sometimes. I feel that way any time I have to create dinner on the fly using only what’s in the pantry. Throw it in a pot, turn up the heat, and watch it simmer, right?

Now, your kiddos can get scientific and crazy on their own. Luckily, this isn’t going to add to your toy clutter. You can throw it in the same storage container with your other puppets and off you go.

Materials for Mad Scientist Hand Puppet


Yarn Wrapped Around a Notebook

Step 1

First, wrap the loose end of your yarn around your notebook 5-10 times.

Step 2

Cut where the yard is still attached to the skein and then cut a smaller, separate piece of yarn from the skein.


Rolled Yarn

Step 3

Next, carefully slide your wrapped yarn from the notebook and onto the smaller piece of yarn.

Step 4

Tie the smaller piece of yarn around the wrapped yarn.


Pieces of Yarn Tied Together

Step 5

Then cut through the yarn loops on either end.


One Side of Tied Yarn Frayed

Step 6

Hold one side of your tied yarn bundle firmly in your hand and comb the opposite side with a comb.



Frayed Ends of Tied Yarn

Step 7

Repeat step 6 on the opposite side of your bundle of yarn.


Frayed Yarn Glued on Potholder

Step 8

Once your yarn is basically a big fluff ball, glue it to the top center of your potholder.



Mad Scientist Hand Puppet

Step 9

After you have attached the hair, glue 2 large googly eyes to the potholder.


Pink Glitter Half Circle Next to a pair of Scissors

Step 10

Next, cut a wide semi-circle from a sheet of pink glitter foam. Make sure it is no wider than your potholder.


Tongue Glued on Mad Scientist Hand Puppet

Step 11

Finish your mad scientist hand puppet by gluing the foam semi-circle inside of the potholder as pictured.


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I love how this DIY mad scientist hand puppet turned out. In fact, I love it so much I think I’m going to make some cute little beakers and test tubes to go with it. Don’t worry, I’ll share them with you if I do.

If you still haven’t decided how to store your hand puppets, I recommend a plastic shoe box with a lid. It will also be plenty of room to store any accessories we make for it. Not bad for toy storage, don’t you think?

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